Feeding people fish can cause death!
Everyone with an IQ higher than a stalk of celery knows that fish are good for us.
Research shows that eating fish regularly can lessen our chances of getting heart disease!
Fish is high in protein, low in fat, has those really good omega-3 fatty acids and other anti-inflammatory agents.
If these facts are true, then why the warning? “Don’t Feed ’em Fish!”
What is so terribly harmful about feeding people fish?
Leadville, Colorado, is a former silver mining boom town with an elevation of nearly 2 miles (10,152 ft) nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and lying near the headwaters of the Arkansas River.
Leadville is world-famous for some of the best trout fishing anywhere.
In this town lived two families that were total opposites.
David Rich’s family was well-to-do; having been heir to the Tabor silver fortune; they had it all.
At the other end of the spectrum and on the other side of the tracks lived Ma and Pop Poor. They lived in Baby Doe Tabor’s old mining shack. It had a dirt floor. They were truly ‘dirt poor.’
Along with Ma and Pop were 4 girls, 5 boys, 6 alley cats and 3 hound dogs.
Pop was a very good black smith, but work was scarce.
Ma and Pop Poor taught their kids how to be self relient.
Pop taught his kids how to catch fish. He taught them where to catch fish, what bait to use. He showed them how to clunk them (the fish) on the head, clean them, preserve them, season them and cook them. No matter how dire their circumstance, there would always be fish to eat and fish to share with others.
Meanwhile, David Rich, didn’t have to get his hands dirty catching and preparing smelly, slimy fish. Why should he? He had an abundance of money and could feed and give his family anything their little Rich hearts desired.
Mr.and Mrs. Rich did not have a happy marriage.
There was a lot of yelling, screaming and name calling. They did not get along with each other and had no knowledge of the tools needed to teach their children how to get along either. They figured that it was the school’s responsibility to teach their children those things.
Although, they had plenty of money there was little respect in the family. They went to church but there was a lot of quibbling and hatred for family members and those in the community that weren’t up to their standards.
One stormy night, David’s family was returning home from a private island in the South Pacific when their Lear Jet was struck by lightning and plunged into the deep blue sea. The bodies were never recovered.
David, who had the ‘sniffles,’ had stayed home, he had been spared that ending only to face another.
The mercury dipped to 50 below zero one February, and stayed there. Life in Leadville came to a halt.
David had to burn his money, until it ran out, to keep warm.
The Poor family having been kept warm by the 6 alley cats and 3 hound dogs survived quite well.
They caught fish for themselves and shared with their neighbors. Pop went on to start a fish hatchery and fish store that would prosper.
David, however, had no skills and no way to survive. He refused to accept the ‘smelly’ fish caught by those ‘ruffians’ from the other side of the tracks. He resorted to a life of crime. He was shot and killed during a bank heist in Morrison, Colorado.
The knowledge of how to survive and the knowledge of how to get along with each other are life and death matters.
David was fed fish. He never learned how to catch fish or to take care of himself. He never learned how to love others or to accept love from others.
And that is why it is so important not to feed ‘em fish, because if they don’t know how to catch ‘em they will starve to death.
And that’s why it’s so important to learn how to get along with others, because if we don’t we’re done.
This has been a test to see if you have read to the end of this post and can cook up any possible correlation between getting along with others and catching fish
If you can, let me know.